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This post was originally written by Magdalena Antuña in collaboration with Elizabeth Stilwell. Both are members of the Ethical Writer's Coalition with me and both work on the beautiful Austin-based vegan / palm-oil free magazine, Selva Beat
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Every holiday season, I visit the lone Hanukkah display at Target. I don’t shop, I visit. I pine over the 'Oy Vey' aprons and wasteful, jelly window stickers. I hover until my spouse calls my name, trailing off into another aisle. Target knows that the modern Jew has at least a little “fear of missing out.” We want our own glitzy, holiday kitsch.

Now, this statement, my rabbi might chide because Hanukkah is not a holiday for gift-giving, wrapping paper, and materialism. The only thing we have given each other, historically, is gelt (chocolate coins). Through this loophole was born an industry and a tradition of giving Jewish kids small gifts to rival serious Christmas FOMO.
So, every year I skirt the line of celebrating the holiday as it was intended and giving into my inner Fran and kvetching—I want a gift guide too, damn it! So, here is my compromise: a list of practical, beautiful, conscious items that you can use to celebrate the miracle, your loved ones, and yourself.

In honor of its centennial, The Jewish Museum commissioned world-renowned designer Karim Rashid to design this unique menorah. Created in his signature colors, forms and materials, this bold statement brings a contemporary look to a traditional ritual object. It is a fitting celebration of Hanukkah for the 21st century. 
Constructed from repurposed plastic toys, metal candle cups and clay, this Menorasaur is fully functional for celebrating Hanukkah, the Menorasaur is sure to add Jurassic-level thrills to your holiday celebration. Created by artist Lisa Pierce of The Vanilla Studio, each piece is handcrafted in Maine.
Let your creativity loose with this colorful, ten-piece Hanukkah lamp. Arrange the pieces in a circle or a line, or form whatever shapes your desire each night. The graded well holds either Hanukkah candles or standard Shabbat candles. During the year, restack your pieces to form candlesticks for use on Shabbat. Pieces come packaged in a velvet pouch for travel or storage. Made in Israel.
Hand Stamped, triangle shaped, brass earrings that read "OY VEY".
Artist who claims to be "bridging the gap between kosher humor & unkosher living".
A bar of toppings for Latke's. Start with a sweet-and-salty Fig and Olive Tapenade. Try a dollop of tender Apple Stout Jam with sour cream. Slather on some Whole Grain Mustard. And drizzle a finishing glug of indie olive oil. Don’t forget the classic, with an indie upgrade: apple caramel preserves!
Molded into a replica of a 4th decade BCE Judean coin, these chocolates are so beautiful they don't require wrappers. They're painted with gold on one side, and studded with cocoa nibs on the other.
WHERE TO BUY? Etsy.com

LOLA BLEUTIQUE | Dreidel Shirt | $22.00
WHERE TO BUY? Etsy.com

THE SUPERFUN TIMES VEGAN HOLIDAY COOKBOOKS | Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion | $19.04
WHERE TO BUY? BarnesandNoble.com

TRILL AND ART CO | Drake Happy Hanukkah Card | $4.49
WHERE TO BUY? Etsy.com

TRADITIONAL JEWISH GIFTS | Soy Vey Scented Hanukkah Candles 
WHERE TO BUY? TraditionalJewishGifts.com

We have a bevy of menorahs for you to choose from. The traveling variety, possibly, being my favorite. Each year, my spouse and I trade off holidays: Thanksgiving with one side, Chrismukkah with the other. On years in which Christmas and Hanukkah coincide, this is a lifesaver. There’s an entire outfit for your favorite gossip, complete with evil eye pin and ‘oy vey’ earrings. Pro-tip: If you don’t know one, it is you—you’re the yenta. In the spirit of this festive conundrum, you can give your favorite tyke a gift that screams “I’m the Jewish kid!” for them. You can even send your best cousin a ‘Top of the Latke’ care package or gold-brushed gelt.

On a more serious note, every holiday, I have a crisis over which candles to buy. In the past, it has been so hard to find candles (and you do need several dozen) that weren’t made from paraffin, bee, or palm wax. This year, my prayers were answered when my goy bestie sent me the soy ones on the left.

And now, the frivolous stuff. When that all too familiar pang of "What about me?" kicks in, treat yourself. Tenoverten polishes are palm-oil free; so are Au Naturale’s products. This hot pink blusher calls to me daily. A ceramic pipe for when the holidays are just a little too extra and some vegan, rainbow sandals just because. A pink toad patch by one of California's up-and-coming female artists. Oh, and a handmade Babe ring to let everyone know what you’ve known from day one.

*Written by Magdalena Antuña in collaboration with Elizabeth Stilwell
*This post contains affiliate links so I'll make a few cents as a commission from anything you buy.